Arsenal and Chelsea in race for 'new Vieira'

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Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven N'zonzi, according to The Sun.

The Frenchman has been in impressive form for Rovers and both Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas are considering bids.

It is thought that a bid upwards of £7million will need to be lodged to bring the 22-year-old to the Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to overhaul his ageing squad and the dynamic N'Zonzi fits the profile of his transfer targets.

Meanwhile, Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is reported to have had a long-term interest in a player who has been dubbed 'the new Patrick Vieira'.

Arsenal have injury problems in midfield with Jack Wilshere out until the New Year and doubts over the long-term fitness of Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky.

Chelsea's new boss dropped Frank Lampard in their crucial UEFA Champions League game against Valencia and this is being taken as a sign that the veterans in his squad are coming to the end of their time at Stamford Bridge.

N'Zonzi burst onto the scene two seasons ago after he joined Rovers from French side Amiens and many Barclays Premier League managers have shown an interest.

It now appears this interest has piqued for Wenger and 'AVB', who are set to slug it out for his signature in January.

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